Spalding worker speaks out against South Holland District Council's "excessive" car parking charges
A motorist says plans to raise car parking charges in Spalding will not attract more people to the town to shop.
The worker, who did not wish to be named, says South Holland District Council’s plans to increase charges are
Last month the cabinet approved plans to increase season ticket prices in the town from £260 to £460 along with raising all day parking from £1.50 to £5.
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This comes as new figures show that parking services in South Holland raised £42,000 profit in 2018-19,compared with £58,000 in the previous year.
The council says money from parking charges is reinvested into services and that it was necessary to increase car parking charges to fund future investment.
The worker, who does not live in town, said that increasing the charges could force many people to look for free spaces in residential areas and that it is unfair on the people who do pay the fees rather than take enforcement action.
She said: “The proposed increase to the charges will see a permit go up from £65 a quarter to £115 and that seems quite excessive.
“If they are trying to encourage people to the town they are going the wrong way about it especially when you can park for cheaper in other towns. There seems to be a lack of logic.”
A spokesperson said: “While it wasn’t an easy decision to make for the council to increase parking charges, it was necessary in terms of funding future investment in our car parking provision.
“We’ve haven’t increased our car parking charges for the last 10 years which were among the lowest in the county. The council will shortly be announcing its enforcement timeline for the town as well as our plans for extended provision and electric vehicle charging points.”
He added that charges are reinvested back into the operating costs of the council and that it has recently spent £40,000 on new machines.